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Mission : The Phillips Eye Institute Foundation's mission is to further Phillips Eye Institute's commitment to eye care excellence, education, research and community involvement while honoring the legacy of Mount Sinai Hospital.
Through the Phillips Eye Institute Foundation, the Phillips Eye Institute extends its mission beyond its hospital walls. The Foundation develops and funds programs to improve the eye health of the larger community.The Phillips Eye Institute’s Early Youth Eyecare (E.Y.E.) Community Initiative strives to remove vision problems as a major roadblock to learning by providing regular vision screenings and subsequent treatment services to Minneapolis and St Paul school children in Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 6th grades. In addition to free screening services, EYE conducts comprehensive follow-up by working with families to identify and remove barriers to receiving treatment: offering interpreter services, free transportation, and pays for vision care for uninsured or underinsured children. E.Y.E. serves over 30,000 students annually, with over 200 trained volunteers to deliver the service each school year.The success of the E.Y.E. Program has been widely recognized - having received the Minnesota Hospital Association Community Benefit Award for Small Hospitals and the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce Quality of Life Award.